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A Different View: Travels to Al Qa'im and Beyond
Volume 2 of A Different View
C. Blake Powers
Michael Z. Williamson
A view of day-to-day life at the front at Al Qa'im, Iraq, in 2007, and images from a very special ceremony at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.
The purpose of the book is to show some of the time other than combat, so that the reader can gain a better understanding of life at the front, and part of the process for the wounded, that is not news and seldom seen. To quote from the preface:
"This is not a book about combat, or combat photography. While every combat reporter wants that one-in-a-million shot or video snippet, such images can only show a few seconds out of what can seem an eternity. Blood sells, and the 99 percent of time that is routine or even boring is not news. It is, however, real. "
It is a chance to show some of the beauty, humor, and resilience that is life in a combat zone and the troops who end up there. It will, I hope, make you laugh, make you cry, and maybe think a bit. For those who have seen the face of war, I hope you will write in the sections of the pages I've left blank your memories of your war, to share with family, friends, and others.
This builds on my first book, A Different View: Travels with Team Easy, Iraq 2007 and represents the second part of that trip.
“A Different View is a personal and vivid narrative of the author’s experience in a combat zone, showing not combat but the mundanity, humor, and boredom that make up ninety-nine percent of life ‘inside the wire.’ The author’s photos and narrative illustrate how service members cope and adapt to the surreal conditions, and how injury and death are still close by. This is a valuable book, and anyone who cares about America’s troops and the fight in the Middle East will find it worthwhile.”
Larry Bond, bestselling author of Shattered Trident
“My first thought as I looked at the pictures was”I’ve been there,” “I think I know that guy” and the fine details of multiple deployments come rushing back like they were yesterday. I can smell the pictures. Blake captures a reality through a very narrow opportunity that many will never understand. Those that have been there will look at the pictures, remember their experiences, and if they are viewing with another warrior, they will simply glance at one another as they both will remember the events they lived through and will do so with a smirk on their face. They will do it for those that were there with them, that didn’t come home.”
Maj Pain (USMC), http://www.OneMarinesView.com
“Lest we forget—Blake Powers helps all of us who were not there witness the everyday lives and achievements of our armed forces in Iraq with gorgeous pictures and thoughtful commentary.”
Toni Weisskopf, publisher of Baen Books
“None of us really know what it’s like to be ‘on the front lines’ unless we’ve served. Which means most Americans really have ‘no clue’. Blake shows these guys and gals in their environment. Sure, there are fun times, how could there not, you’d go bonkers otherwise. But the real deal is just being ‘in country’. Living it, breathing it, seeing it, being enveloped by it every waking moment (and sleeping too) then getting through it as best one can. He has really put this out there for all of us, those lucky individuals who have been lavished with the most amazing country in the world, to feel safe, made so by the sacrifices of these brave men and women.”
David Mecey, former Staff Photographer, Playboy magazine
"A Different View is well-titled; it gives the reader an alternative perspective of the fruit yielded by the American effort in Iraq. Most of it is good fruit. The book is well worth your time...and your money."
Juliette Ochieng, author of Tale of the Tigers
- Publication Date:
- May 19 2013
- 148951337X / 9781489513373
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 11"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Photography / Photoessays & Documentaries